Posts tagged "China"
Minhang Development Zone and Xinzhuang

Minhang Development Zone and Xinzhuang

About a year prior to the time of writing, my daughter Mei and I began making mini expeditions to parts of Shanghai we hadn’t seen before. Though we moved here at the end of 2014, between adjusting to a new place, new people, new school, new sibling, etc., it took a while before we’d felt...
Hongkou Zhabei Walk

Hongkou Zhabei Walk

This past October during China’s “golden week”, the mandated national holiday that annually floods every tourist site several times over capacity and brings transit arteries to a crashing halt, my family and I did what we usually do, stay close to home and enjoy the quiet. When we want to go out, we look for...
Sichuan Bei Lu Jiedao

Sichuan Bei Lu Jiedao

On this particular trip, I made a short walk around a neighborhood in Hongkou District (虹口区) while out on an errand. The route goes from Ha'erbin Lu through Hailun Lu and Siping Lu returning to the metro Hailun Road Station. The area appears to be in Sichuan Bei Lu Jiedao (四川北路街道), along the border with...
Ippudo Beijing Opening Day

Ippudo Beijing Opening Day

Before today, there was no ramen in Beijing worth eating. (My deskmate in Mandarin class is from Kansai and will back me up on this.) While this is far from Ippudo’s first foray into Mainland China—multiple shops in Shanghai, Guangzhou, and even one in Shenzhen have been well-received—Beijing finally gets in the game with its...
A Day Lived in Jinhua

A Day Lived in Jinhua

Jinhua (金华) is a prefecture-level city in China’s Zhejiang Province. It counts population of 5.4 million in its administrative division, putting it roughly on par with the Atlanta metro area. In China scale however, it would generally be considered a third-tier city, with the second consisting of cities like larger, wealthier neighbor Hangzhou (pop. 8.7...
Intercity Rail in China

Intercity Rail in China

I’ve been following general political and business developments in China for the past three years, and specifically looking at public transit infrastructure for about the last 18 months. I would be exaggerating if I said I had gained more than a superficial outsider’s understanding of either. At the moment, I still rely on English language...
Tianzifang

Tianzifang

Beijing has its hutongs (胡同), but in Shanghai shikumen (石库门) is the iconic and often over-romanticized endangered historic architectural species of note. Street photographers like Sue Ann Tay capture the decay and ultimate loss of many of these places, as development in Shanghai moves ahead at breakneck speed, pushing aside more and more of what...
Shanghai Metro Zhongshan Park Station

Shanghai Metro Zhongshan Park Station

On the China leg of a recent trip to Asia, visiting family and downtime were the orders of the day. A hop over to Tokyo for several days of running around photographing and filming some of the world’s best transit oriented development was my main course in terms of Third Place Media portfolio work, but...
Update and Restart

Update and Restart

This is it. Today’s the day. To those who have been nagging the last few months about not letting this and other projects die on the vine: you’re the best. The blog is back. Some may remember that when I started writing I had recently found myself out of work and was gearing up for...
Ni hui shuo Zhongwen ma?

Ni hui shuo Zhongwen ma?

Guys will go to great lengths when attempting to impress a girl (or guy). Typical efforts may include flowers, the home-cooked dinner, gratuitous displays of chivalry. When I started dating my wife I decided to learn Mandarin Chinese. I seem to have trouble being satisfied until I have found the most difficult way to accomplish...
Reading Tea Leaves

Reading Tea Leaves

The Mandarin (as well as Japanese) word for tea is cha, written 茶, and is one of the first things I learned to speak and read when I began studying each language. I was about to say that this was due to my great appreciation for the elixir, but considering that I recently found myself...
The Nose Knows

The Nose Knows

The other day I visited my doctor for a follow-up on treatment of a bout of sinusitis. Since this was the third one in about two years, I went with a list of questions about what environmental factors might be making me more disposed to the condition. During my quick research prior to the visit,...